The Mystery of Phantom Bluff is a middle school mystery set in present day Oregon. When a valuable cae is stolen, 12-year-old Beatrice Bird Cagge and her partner Matt Porre, a mysterious 13-year-old boy from Hawaii, are determined to solve the case--a resolve which leads them into the dangerous secrets of Phantom Bluff.
Gayle Martelles is a nationally recognized, award-winning educator who has been teaching and writing with middle-schoolers for over 30 years, and says, I love looking at the world through their eyes. A resident of Hawaii since 1969, Gayle lives on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano in upcountry Maui and besides teaching and writing, she enjoys hiking Hawaii's rain forests with her husband. Gayle has loved to write since she was little and has carried that love with her through Punahou School, Stanford, the Northwest Writing Institute, and beyond to her teaching career at Seabury Hall in upcountry Maui. She and her husband live at the edge of Maui's rain forests and together have hiked the slopes of Haleakala for over forty years, encountering wild boar (one with a mane like a lion!), interacting with rare native birds, and plunging into forest pools, once even swimming over a patch of blooming dandelions in eight feet of water. Even after thirty years, Gayle continues to love teaching, and the fascinating minds and hearts of middle-schoolers are a constant inspiration for her stories.